Wall Street executives are getting bonuses, giving parties and renting summer homes in the Hamptons again, but the rest of the economy is growing a lot more slowly. What are the early indicators from holiday shopping? What do shopping habits in China have to do with US recovery? Also, Republicans are winning on tax cut deal and blocking everything else. On Reporter's Notebook, Utah conservatives propose a "comprehensive" approach to illegal immigration they insist is not "amnesty."
Banner image: Shoppers move about in Macy's department store in Midtown Manhattan November 26, 2010 in New York City. Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images